Okay, I’m going to start over with The War Guilt Clause – it’s the name of Max Blue’s 10th novel and I should say here at the beginning, that there are those who will read this and wonder why Paul Fritz is writing in the third person and pretending that Max Blue is somebody else. The truth is just that – Max Blue is somebody else – born full grown more than 20 years ago and writing furiously ever since, trying to get it all down before it’s too late. So enough with FL and all that – call me Max.
Thanks to daughter Katie, who continues to find new ways to keep me busy, I am here on WordPress. I hope to get it sorted out quickly but I believe I am allowed to write blogs on different subjects and keep them separate, hopefully to avoid confusion. I begin with three categories – (1) The War Guilt Clause, (2) The Luminous Liddy, (3) Baseball. The War Guilt Clause is first because its blog presence is time dependent – after Tate Publishing formally releases it in October, it will mostly have to speak for itself. But there is a big pre-publication push, with special deals and all, featuring a nifty website.
The other two categories, The Luminous Liddy, and Baseball, are more enduring – no time frame, just continuous pleasure to be savored and never taken for granted.
So. The War Guilt Clause. Where did it come from? What’s it all about?
War is a subject that Max, in his earlier incarnation, was exposed to almost continuously, first in the 1930s, less than twenty years after the 1918 Armistice ended the carnage on the Western Front, with stories from surviving veterans, and an avalanche of Hollywood movies – Yankee Doodle Dandy, What Price, Glory?, All Quiet On the Western Front, Wings, The Fighting 69th, Sergeant York.
Then came Pearl Harbor. Max was 12 years-old on December 7, 1941, but remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing on that Sunday morning in East Peoria, Illinois when the news came through. The next four years were a daily reminder of death, destruction, fear, anxiety, and all the emotions attached to a country that, with near unanimous support of the citizens, believed that the United States and all it stood for, was the only thing standing between a world of consummate evil, and a world of peace and domestic tranquility. Hollywood did its part to be sure – Guadalcanal Diary stands out as a movie that sent young Max shuddering in disbelief and nightmarish fear. Max documented some of this in his first novel, For Those In Peril On The Sea.
The Korean War was next and Max was in it, and ultimately sat down to write about it, leaving out tons of detail – Cold Front Passing Hokkaido was published in 2008.
The Kennedy years, the tumultuous 1960s, with the Vietnam War and all, were background for Max and Liddy as they struggled to make a safe home for Katie, Keri, Konrad, Kurt, and Bobtail. More about that later.